BMW has spent a lot of time showing off its i8 and i3 vehicles, which are the company’s upcoming flagship fuel efficient models. The i8 will be the sporty vehicle, and it certainly has the credentials for it. According to BMW, the i8 will be able to hit 60 mph in about 5 seconds, which is pretty awesome considering the low-slung sports car is expected to get 70 mpg. All this is achieved thanks to the i8’s hybrid powertrain, which uses an electric engine to power the front wheels, while a 3-cylinder engine powers the rear ones.
The i8 isn’t the only hybrid vehicle in the stable. Traditional BMW vehicles like the 5 and 7 series are also available as hybrids. The 3-series hybrid is also going to arrive sometime this fall, and features a few new goodies that the fuel conscious driver might appreciate. When entering in a destination in the new 3-series hybrid’s navigation, the computer will predict when will be the best time to use and recharge its battery. It does this by gauging traffic times, and any down-hill portions of your trip. This sort of guidance should be able to help you get more use out of your hybrid vehicle, and use it to its full advantage.